International facts & figures


Kyoto University enjoys wide international prestige due to its educational advancements and innovative research that result from the rich diversity of its academic body and welcoming environment towards new ideas.

This, together with an engaged strategy to contribute to major international developments, and engaging in ongoing dialogue with the international community, make the University a fertile ground for the production of epoch-making innovations.

The University’s reputation speaks for itself by its award-winning scholars: 10 Nobel Prize laureates, 2 Fields Medalists, 1 Gauss Prize winner, and 5 Lasker Award winners, to mention some.


2,214 international students (including regular and short-term exchanges, as of 1 May 2017) from around the world, representing 110 countries and regions bring great diversity to the University’s campus life.


During the academic year 2016-2017, the University sent 2,959 students to study and research in 100 countries and regions.


As of 1 May 2017, 402 international faculty and staff coming from 59 countries and regions enrich the University’s community. They make significant contributions to the multicultural environments of this home.


During the academic year 2016-2017, 984 researchers from 74 countries and regions contributed to the further advancement of research excellence that characterizes Kyoto University.


A variety of subjects are taught in English, including some 200 lectures designed by the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS); while more than 500 courses in English and other languages are taught throughout the University in specific fields.

Find out more about the subjects offered by ILAS and discover what makes them appealing to most exchange students.


Pioneering in the challenge of bilingual higher education, Kyoto University launched in 2017 its new International Undergraduate Program (iUP); a unique scheme designed to nurture globally-minded professionals and leaders with a high level of international exposure (who are proficient in English and Japanese). Japanese language skills are not required at the time of enrollment; as they start with a semester immersion period that prepares them to gradually shift from general courses in English to specialized courses in Japanese.


When it comes to degree programs in English, the University offers an undergraduate degree program in Civil Engineering; while at the postgraduate level it boasts 12 master’s programs and 10 doctoral programs in a wide range of fields and interdisciplinary areas.


Kyoto University connects with the world through its network of partners around the globe. As of May 2017, general memoranda for academic exchange and cooperation are active with 153 universities, 4 University alliances and 11 national academies covering 50 countries and regions.


Want to study in Kyoto University but you live afar?

The University comes to you! Through its Global Educational Outreach:

As of December 2017 KyotoUx offers 12 free online courses on edX in a wide variety of fields.

As of March 2017, 716 lecture movies are available through the KyotoU Open Courseware to bring a wide array of interesting learning options.


But not all is about the University, life in the city is worth a try!

Kyoto is renowned for being the most student-friendly city in Japan! About 10% of its population are University students, making it the highest per population among the country’s major cities, and giving to the city a vibrant life.


Kyoto is home to 17 UNESCO world heritage sites that render it, together with its natural beauties, a must-see destination to everyone coming to Japan. Not surprisingly 55 million tourists visited Kyoto in 2016 (out of whom 6.6 million people came from abroad.


Kyoto has the largest number of bicycles per capita in Japan, which shows how easy and enjoyable getting around the city can be, especially for students. It is also the home to WASHOKU, the country’s traditional cuisine and designated as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO


If you care for quality of life, Kyoto was designated 12th most livable city in the world by Monocle ranking in 2017.

Not convinced yet? In 2017 Condé Nast Traveler selected Kyoto as top 3 Best Cities in the World.


According to Business Insider the city was selected world No.1 destination twice in a row in 2014 and 2015 by travelers from around the world.

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Overseas partner institutions in figures

Kyoto University connects to the world through its international network of partners. As of May 2017, 153 general memoranda for academic cooperation and exchange bridge the University to the world through comprehensive agreements.

In order to promote international mobility, the University welcomes students from and offers its home students 112 study abroad destinations based on University-level student exchange agreements, and those based on multilateral agreements through 2 multilateral university alliances.

Likewise, Faculties and Departments have their own networks of partners that include a large number of academic exchange agreements in specific academic and research fields.

Membership in multilateral networks and schemes are an important platform, where the University fosters international cooperation and academic interaction. At the university level, these include participation in the University Administrators Workshop (UAW), and 6 international networks of universities (HeKKSaGOn, RENKEI, USJI, AEARU, AUN/ASEAN+3 UNet, and USR Network).

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General facts and figures covering 120 years of KU history